Yankees place another player on injured list before facing Red Sox

Rob Bradford
April 16, 2019 - 11:51 am

Normally the thought of the Red Sox trying to turn around their fortunes in the Bronx might be a daunting task. But all things considered, this might not be a bad place for Alex Cora's team to be for the next two days.

New York has placed yet another regular on the injured list Tuesday, shelving first baseman Greg Bird due to a plantar fasciitis tear. In his place will be Mike Ford.

On most occasions the reality of missing Bird wouldn't be a big deal when it came to a Yankee Stadium showdown. But the injury is highlighted a bit more this time around due to how thinned out the Yankees roster has already become, having to already place 13 players in the injured list through the first 15 games.

It should be noted that Bird wasn't exactly tearing it up for New York, going 5-for-31 without an extra-base hit and 13 strikeouts. Luke Voit will now get the majority of time at first, a move that will weaken the Yanks' defense on the right side of the infield.

Already out of the Yankees' lineup due to various injuries are Didi Gregorius (elbow), Troy Tulowitzki (calf), Gary Sanchez (calf), Aaron Hicks (back), Giancarlo Stanton (biceps) and Miguel Andujar (shoulder). Some key pitchers who are also sidelined for New York include Luis Severino (lat/shoulder) and Dellin Betances (shoulder).

The Yankees come into the two-game set having lost five of their last six, sitting at 6-9. They have just one regular position player hitting above .300, with DJ LeMathieu totaling a .396 batting average and .955 OPS. The Red Sox will be facing New York starters James Paxton and J.A. Happ, who have both gotten off to rocky starts.